On Saturday night, May 30, Itasca County Sheriff’s Deputies and Grand Rapids Police Officers were called to assist the Bemidji Police Department. That department requested assistance as they were expecting demonstrations because of the May 25 death of 46-year-old George Floyd in Minneapolis while being arrested by Minneapolis Police. Authorities in Beltrami County said that there was a potential for the demonstrations to turn violent. Later that night, information was posted on social media that the following day, Sunday, that a protest would take place at Fourth Street North and Pokegama Avenue in Grand Rapids.
The Grand Rapids Police Department and Itasca County Sheriff’s Department monitored the demonstration that afternoon consisting of about 50 people. Several area businesses decided to close early due to postings on social media.
There were also demonstrations in Virginia and Hibbing and those cities implemented temporary curfews. The demonstration in Grand Rapids was peaceful and orderly. No curfew was enacted in Grand Rapids.